Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is a nutrient that is required by the body to support good health.** Since vitamin C cannot be synthesized, it must be obtained from dietary and supplemental sources. And because it is watersoluble, vitamin C is eliminated from the body relatively quickly and needs to be replenished more often than fatsoluble vitamins.**
Fruits and vegetables are widely considered to be the best sources of vitamin C, but when they are stored and cooked, their nutritional content may become diminished.** Plus, according to the CDC only 33% of Americans consume enough fruits and only 27% consume enough vegetables, suggesting typical dietary intake may not supply sufficient vitamin C.†
Chewable vitamin C tablets are formulated for with a pleasing flavor that makes them easy for all populations to take. This variety of the vitamin is particularly useful for those who dislike or are unable to swallow conventional capsules or tablets. Chewables may be taken without liquid, although drinking a glass of water after eating the tablets is advised.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps fight cell-damaging free radicals.** Free radicals, which are the by-products of cellular metabolism, can affect overall wellbeing and accelerate the cellular aging process.** In addition, this nutrient is also important for the normal functioning of white blood cells, which are vital for immune system health.**
This vitamin also promotes wellness by assisting the body in creating collagen, a protein that is important to healthy blood vessels, bones, connective tissues and skin, along with hair and nails.** Vitamin C’s antioxidant activity and ability to support healthy blood vessels combine to help overall cardiovascular system wellness.**
Chewable vitamin C commonly contains sugar or an alternative sweetener and usually has a tart fruit taste with either an orange or cherry flavor. Supplemental vitamin C should always complement its healthy dietary intake in foods such as citrus fruits, strawberries and dark leafy greens.
Directions for Use
Talk to your health care provider before taking any supplement or starting routine supplementation. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 75 mg for adult women and 90 mg for adult men, while the Linus Pauling Institute suggests a daily intake of 400 mg. The vitamin's tolerable upper intake limit (UL) for adults has been placed at 2,000 mg.